A series of children’s books with playful and simple environmental messages combined with colorful collage illustrations created by kids? Sign us up! We sort of have a crush on the whole Kiba Kiba project. Kiba Kiba creator Jessica Riley writes a story then presents it to a group of kids who take part in an illustration workshop. The kids then get to choose what page they want to illustrate and voila — a creative collaboration is formed, with kids getting deeply involved in the artistic process. Using material such as recycled fabric, junk mail, shopping bags, and magazines, the pint-sized Picasso’s make colorful, playful collages that beautifully complement Riley’s words.
The Kiba Kiba library has a growing number of titles (and who could resist a book called Fearless Fifi: The Weedy Sea Dragon?). For bilingual families, Kiba Kiba has published several of their books in other languages, including French, Spanish, and Czech! Some of our favorites:
The Playful Spirits’ Playground covers each season and describes how play spirits (aka children) living in various parts of the world take joy in their natural surroundings. From ski jumping in the winter in Japan to hiding in mango trees in Pakistan in the springtime, kids will be inspired to become modern-day “play spirits” and actively enjoy the playground that Mother Earth provides.
The Dream of the New Earth, told from the earth’s viewpoint, sends the message that all life is connected. The Earth has high hopes for its inhabitants and dreams of what a world would be like if we cherished the Earth we lived on.
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